THE Griffith Hockey Association’s annual charity shield day started with the women’s division with Easts Flavourtech taking on Vic Hotel in the top-of-the-table clash.
In the closely contested affair, Easts held out Vic Hotel 2-1 to record an important win in the race for the minor premiership.
Easts took the early advantage scoring goals through Melinda Bonetti and Lauren Marshall to put them on top before Vic Hotel fought back with Jude Hayman scoring to close the gap.
However, Easts’ defence was up to the challenge holding out Vic Hotel.
Easts were well served by Fiona McKenzie and Louisa Nortje both having outstanding games allowing Easts to be fluid in attack.
For Vic Hotel, Paula Blomfield and Claire Payne both had excellent games guiding their side around the field.
THE second women’s division game saw Griffith Retirement take out Coro Club 2-0, and in the process win the women’s Charity Cup.
The win was crucial for Griffith Retirement, looking to cement their finals spot, with Coro Club needing the win to stay in the race for the finals.
Griffith Retirement through Matthew Axtill and Toni Wright, made the defence of Coro work hard to keep them out, but Coro was not to be outdone and applied pressure of their own with Daniel Morris and Toni Wright playing great games to put Coro on the front foot.
Eventually Griffith Retirement would take control, scoring two goals one each to Matthew Axtill and Ellie Quinn.
Coro tried hard to get themselves back in the game, but could not find a way through Griffith Retirement’s defence.
IN THE men’s division Easts Flavourtech had a narrow 1-0 victory over Exies Galahs to win the Charity Shield.
With just three points separating these sides on the ladder and second place up for grabs.
From the start both sides knew they were in for a fight and did not want to give the other side a sniff.
Easts were strong in attack with Michel Crosato playing a great game up front while Exies absorbed the pressure and went on the counter-attack with David Jackson throwing himself around trying to get his side back in the game.
Easts defence lead by Kym Ramsey would not allow Exies the time and space and held them out before Trevor Cowie scored the decisive goal.
HANWOOD Butchery dominated Leeton Soldiers Club 5-0 in the second men’s division game.
Coming into the game both sides still had a lot to play with for Leeton looking to break through for their first win and Hanwood still hopeful of grabbing second spot.
Hanwood with great team play allowed them to take control of the match scoring at regular intervals lead up front by Rheis Brill in attack, with Dean Baird controlling things in the middle.
Leeton never gave up and Emerson Doig the star for Leeton shutting down numerous attacks limiting the scoring to just one goal in the second half but the damage had been done in the first half.
THE Griffith Hockey Association raised $900 on the day for the Cerebral Palsy Support Group Griffith.
It proved to be the most amount the association as raised on their annual charity day.